Johan Santana Out Indefinitely

Today Johan Santana admitted he won’t know when he’ll pitch again. So what happens next?

From Adam Rubin on ESPN-NY:

“I’ve just got to stay here and work out and get ready,” Santana said Saturday morning. “… I’m making progress. It’s just I don’t know when I’m going to be pitching again. That’s the thing: We cannot think ahead. The way we’re approaching everything is every day make sure we have a good day.”

Terry Collins felt it necessary to offer a time frame:

“It may take six weeks to get him where he wants to be,” manager Terry Collins said.

Unfortunately, it may take longer than that — there’s really no way to know.

With Santana out of the picture for the moment, Jeremy Hefner steps into the #5 spot in the rotation, and a bullpen spot opens up.

For those who believed at the beginning of spring training that the Mets had an outside shot at a winning season and/or a postseason appearance, does this news affect that optimism? Do you think a healthy Santana is key to the Mets’ chances of playing meaningful games in September? If so, how many starts — roughly — does he need to make? Sound off in the comments.

2013 Spring Training

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